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I started reading through the ICM Unlimited survey for Channel 4 on British Muslim social attitudes just to nose around and then suddenly I’d gone through 600 pages of data tables and it seemed a shame to not post it here.

The context is that this poll is being made into a TV programme with Trevor Phillips and the trailed data has hit the newspapers with such flashy headlines as over half of British Muslim think that homosexuality should be illegal, British Muslims are antisemitic, blah blah. As is usually the trend, I think you’ll find it’s a little more complicated than that.

I refuse to spend five hours formatting and adding pictures when I have work to do today, but some interesting points that jumped out at me in chronological order:

* 77% of Muslims in the South West think that religious prejudice against them has risen in the last five years versus between 30 and 50% in the rest of Britain. It’s lowest in Scotland and the North East (29% and 25%).

* 20% of Muslims have been personally harassed because of their religion in the last 2 years, and it mostly happened in their local area. 13% of *those* have been physically attacked. Can we then be at all surprised that Muslims feel that British society is hostile towards them when 1 in 20 have literally been beaten up in the last two years? [click to continue…]

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“In both Britain and America demands for profiling all Muslims at airports are increasing in volume. This mindset not only fails to understand that most Muslims around the world detest al-Qaeda, but this outlook also cannot comprehend how terrorists are always one step ahead of the game. If it is Muslim-sounding names that are to be stopped, would a name like Richard Reid – the infamous shoe bomber – have been detected? If it is Asian men that are to be stopped, then we will see an increase in white men recruited for terror?

After all, al-Qaeda’s English spokesperson is Adam Gadahn, a white American. If it is men who are stopped, we will see women terrorists emerge. Let us not forget Palestinian groups’ repeated use of single women as suicide bombers. Do not underestimate the power of terrorists to recruit serving airline pilots and other aviation personnel. Where there is a will, there will always be a way.”

– Ed Husain, Muslim profiling is a recipe for insecurity, Guardian.co.uk

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